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Virginia Poised to Become 23rd State to Abolish Death Penalty

HeadlineFeb 08, 2021

Virginia is poised to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers voted last week to ban executions. Governor Ralph Northam has vowed to sign the bill, which would make Virginia the 23rd state — and the first Southern state — to do away with capital punishment. Separately, Virginia’s Legislature also voted Friday to legalize marijuana — again the first Southern state to do so — with retail sales expected to start in 2024.

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